Ligeti: Metamorphosis / Quatuor Diotima

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Quatuor Diotima makes its Pentatone debut with a recording of Györgi Ligeti’s string quartets. While the second quartet from 1968 is an avant-garde classic, the...

Quatuor Diotima makes its Pentatone debut with a recording of Györgi Ligeti’s string quartets. While the second quartet from 1968 is an avant-garde classic, the first from 1953-54, “Metamorphoses nocturnes”, is often nicknamed Bartók’s seventh quartet, pointing out the continuity between these two Hungarian master composers. Despite moments of nostalgia, it already possesses the ferocious, adventurous nature of the later quartet. In-between these two iconoclast works, the Andante and Allegretto from 1950 offers an intimate moment of repose. The members of Diotima long postponed recording Ligeti’s string quartets, intimidated by their significance in music history and the demands they place on the players, but now the time has come to pursue this fascinating project and share it with the world. The quartet is fascinated by the cinematic qualities of Ligeti’s music and its use in films, including Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey. The album cover pays homage to that iconic movie. Quatuor Diotima is one the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world today, and has worked in close collaboration with several of the greatest composers of the late twentieth century. Reflected in the mirror of today’s music, the quartet projects a new light onto the masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries.

REVIEW:

These two works, the 2nd following 15 years on from the 1st, are not so far apart as a casual listen might indicate, and the edgy performances of the Quatuor Diotima emphasize the continuity. The String Quartet No. 1 consists of a dozen short movements that, in their economy, suggest that something other than semi-traditional melodic material is happening here, and the Quatuor Diotima gives sharp, clipped performances that bring out the modernity of the work. The Second Quartet requires hair-trigger concentration from the players and the ability to make extremely quiet sounds at the top of the instruments’ registers. The Quatuor Diotima’s performance in the various insect-like sounds in the work is nonpareil. A truly excellent Ligeti recording that penetrates deeply into the composer’s essence.

-- AllMusic.com (James Manheim)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 03, 2023


  • UPC: 8717306260619


  • Catalog Number: PTC5187061


  • Label: PENTATONE


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Gyorgy Ligeti


  • Conductor: Quatuor Diotima, Quatuor Diotima, Quatuor Diotima


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Quatuor Diotima


  • Performer: Quatuor Diotima



Works:


  1. String Quartet No. 1, "Métamorphoses nocturnes"

    Composer: György Ligeti

    Ensemble: Quatuor Diotima


  2. Andante and Allegretto

    Composer: György Ligeti

    Ensemble: Quatuor Diotima


  3. String Quartet No. 2

    Composer: György Ligeti

    Ensemble: Quatuor Diotima